It’s estimated that there are more than 30 million podcast episodes available online, so there’s literally something to suit all needs. We’ve picked out just a handful of the most inspirational and enjoyable podcasts to listen to when you’re out for a walk. 

1. Positive Podcasts

Where better to start than Cumbria’s most positive podcast? In these uncertain times, Zoe Butler – a healthcare lecturer from the University of Cumbria in Lancaster – wanted to share with students ways to stay physically and mentally healthy at home during lockdown and also inform them of developments while they are off campus.

Each podcast takes the format of a 10-minute, bite-sized interview with Zoe and a guest from the university where they discuss a particular topic and share advice. Don’t worry if your student days are well behind you – this is great, positive advice regardless of your age. 

Positive Podcasts can be found on the University’s YouTube channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0ed9QfKIMFE_z-IBE6cUToDniaaC542T

2. Untangle

This weekly podcast covers everything from self-compassion to meditation, and it’s one of the best ways to remove yourself from busy surroundings or de-stress after work. 

Hosts Patricia Karpas and Ariel Garten interview authors, experts and thought-leaders in areas related to mindfulness, brain health practices, leadership, life and everyday people. 

With most episodes clocking in between 20 and 40 minutes, they’re easy to take in and you might even manage two per walk. It’s a wide collection of interviews with inspirational and funny guests who share their heartfelt experiences.

You can find Untangle on all the major podcast apps. 

3. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

For a complete change of pace, it’s hard to look past this food-related podcast from two of Britain’s best-known comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster. Each episode sees the pair invite special guests into their imaginary restaurant to select their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink.

They’ve had the likes of Jay Rayner, Tom Kerridge, and Simon Rogan – head honcho at L’Enclume in Cartmel – at their table, but with guests so far also including the likes of Dara O’Briain, Scroobius Pip, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Teri Hatcher, it’s rarely about the food. 

Oh, and it’s currently nominated for Best Comedy Podcast and Best Entertainment Podcast at the British Podcast Awards, so you know it’s funny. 

Find Off Menu on every streaming platform or click through each episode here: https://www.offmenupodcast.co.uk/episodes

4. Countrystride

You don’t have to be a fell-walker to enjoy Countrystride, but it helps. Anyone with an affinity towards the Lake District will be enamoured by the tales of Cumbria’s tallest mountains and most remote locations. 

Each episode is shaped into a single walk, described beautifully by author, illustrator and ex-farmer Mark Richards through a unique blend of immersive field recordings, inspiring commentary and interviews.

Even if you’re only walking the streets near your home, you can be transported to the most picturesque parts of the county. 

Countrystride is on most podcast apps, but you can find every episode here: https://www.countrystride.co.uk/blog

5. Happy Place

It’s the reason most of us listen to podcasts; to switch-off for a while and be taken to somewhere else entirely. Why not let that be your Happy Place?

Fearne Cotton presents this long-running series, which has welcomed stars from the worlds of music, entertainment and sport, as they discuss life, love, loss, and everything in-between, as she reveals what happiness means to them.

You can hear about Kelly Jones’ inspiration behind Stereophonics’ lyrics, or Dynamo’s battle with Crohn’s Disease – it’s not always an easy ride, but you’ll always come away feeling positive. 

Happy Place is available on all major podcast apps.

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